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More slums found in the West Grove area

City of Miami sues the landlord as the building is deemed unsafe

Under the hot sun in the plaza of a building complex infested with termites, rats and the stench of hidden bags of old garbage, representatives from the Homeless Trust, Miami-Dade County and city of Miami, local churches and other organizations gathered. They experienced for a mere few hours on Friday, July 15, what residents have been living in. Now residents will have to find a new place to live, forced out of their homes due to the poor living conditions. “It makes me mad; it's so frustrating,” said Renescha Coats who has been living at the complex since 2007.

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The Social Whirl

Members of Beta Tau Zeta chapter, from Miami who were in attendance last week at the 96th National Grand Boule’ of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority in Orlando included:

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‘The Education of Kevin Powell’ a powerful true story

Memoir recounts the horrific poverty and struggles of author’s youth

You never knew what you didn’t have. There were times in your childhood when cereal was supper because there was nothing else. When birthday toys seemed gently pre-loved, hand-me-downs were new to you, and you were none the wiser. Your family didn’t have much and you never realized it then but in the book “The Education of Kevin Powell” by Kevin Powell, getting schooled

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Congressional candidates are appealing to voters

Wasserman Schultz defends her outreach to Black residents

As attention swirls around the floor fights and accusations of plagiarism at the Republican National Convention, South Florida’s congressional candidates are making the case for why they should go or return to Capitol Hill. Three congressional races are on the watch lists of Black South Floridians, particularly for Democratic primary voters who are concerned about crime, jobs and education. Two of those feature incumbents who face challengers on Aug. 30 to get the attention of voters in districts that span Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The third pits two veteran politicians who want to attract voters in areas such as Richmond Heights, Goulds, Perrine and Homestead.

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The $25,000 question: Bullard vs. Korge

Democratic candidates for District 40 in dispute over cash offer to exit race; meanwhile prosecutors mount inquiry

The quest for the Florida Senate District 40 Democratic candidate narrowed to three after former Republican-turned-Democrat Ana Rivas Logan exited the race last week Tuesday. With Rivas Logan out, incumbent State Sen. Dwight Bullard, businessman Andrew Korge and Missalys Perez will face off in the primary election Aug. 30. The winning Democrat will contest with Republican Frank Artiles and Mario Jimenez, who is an independent.

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Chapman Partnership's back to school campaign

Initiative helps homeless kids with school supplies on day one and throughout the year

There are currently 6,100 homeless students within the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system. These children, even those living in emergency housing, start the school year without basic “back-to-school” supplies. Essential supplies are simple things

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Local educator a finalist for the state Teacher of the Year

Precious Symonette is a teacher at Miami Norland High School

Precious Symonette, a creative writing teacher at Miami Norland Senior High School, was one of five finalists for the 2017 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year. Symonette was first named the 2017 Francisco R. Walker Miami-Dade County Teacher of the Year in February, qualifying her for the state ho

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Making money out of Lemonade

Miami Gardens teens cash in with summer beverage

Several afternoons each week, 14-year-old Champ Bass and his friends set up their beverage of choice under a small tent at the corner of Northwest 191st Street and 33rd Avenue. A brightly colored sign beckons passersby in vehicles and on foot.

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Luster qualified to run for U.S. Senate

Marco Rubio’s record representing Floridians pushed him to join race

Attorney Reginald Luster wants the citizens of Florida to know that they do have a candidate for the U.S. Senate that is skilled, qualified and experienced in legislative legal matters. And he is that candidate. As the field of candidates for the Florida senate seat work harder and harder to distinguish themselves from each other, Luster and Pam Keith can be seen as the only two African American candidates in the race to the U.S. Senate.

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It’s just my opinion . . . what’s yours?

When you read “Word On the Street,” you are reading an opinionated column based on my thoughts and conversations that I have with residents around the city and in other areas that I put into my own words. When I do my research on a subject, I do my research thoroughly, even though I’m writing from an opinionated perspective — again of my own thoughts. About a month ago I wrote a column called “Everyone’s breaking the piggy bank” in which two employees that work for the city of Opa-locka — Charmaine Parchment and Delia Kennedy — went and retained the services of Attorney Michael A. Pizzi Jr., who sent a letter to The Miami Times asking that I retract four statements that I made in the article that were, strictly again, of my opinion.

Meek Foundation lands major deal at Opa-locka Airport

Nonprofit will get at least $6 million; develop workforce center

A foundation started by Carrie P. Meek is a step closer to developing a 120-acre parcel at Opa-locka Executive Airport in an arrangement that will reap millions in payments for the nonprofit. The deal could lead to major construction projects and perhaps thousands of jobs that would benefit the city of Opa-locka and surrounding areas. A county commissioner said that if plans come together as envisioned, the development plan would position the Carrie Meek Foundation as a major employment generator, and further cement the legacy of its founder and namesake.

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Urgent Inc. convened hundreds of South Florida teens in Miami

The third Youth Economic Development Conference & Expo attended by hundreds

The third Annual Youth Economic Development Conference & Expo brought together over 300 teens from the South Florida area with local educators, business leaders, state and district representatives, industry professionals and successful youth entrepreneurs. The three-day conference and expo took place at Miami Dade College North Campus, located at 11380 NW 27th Ave. in Miami and the Miami Dade Public Library at 101 W. Flagler St., in Downtown Miami. The conference commenced with Mistress of Ceremony Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns, who ignited the crowd with moving spoken words that reminded youth to keep striving to reach their goals and fullest potential. Florida State Sen. Dwight Bullard shared a resonating quote from his mentor Thurgood Marshall: "You are either a social architect or a social parasite."

The Witch of En Zor story

Greg from Miami reasons with Pastor Charles Mitchell of True Vine Missionary Baptist Church in Miami's West Little River area on the topic: Did the real ghost of the Prophet Samuel appeared to King Saul in 1 Samuel, Chapter 28? More commonly known as, The Witch of En Zor story, was it really the ghost of Samuel, or was it something else? Here are the final verses. We want you, our loyal Miami Times readers, to join in and give us your opinion.

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Pastor Goodwin: ‘The Lord had been so good to me’

Prophet preaches at Open Arms Deliverance Center in Oakland Park

In the Bible and in this present time, there are numerous instances of men who the Lord has touched their hearts and even given them verbal instructions to do certain things for him. But rather than follow his directives, they decide to do something they want to do, instead. That is what Henry Goodwin did. “I ran away from the church for a long time. I was having a good time, I thought, and I wanted to continue what I was doing. I was not interested in being a preacher. The people in the world said I was a good person,” Goodwin said. “But, it is true, when your heart has been touched by God’s word, as it says in John 15: 7, you

Coping with back to school worries, other changes

For many children, summer is a time to enjoy camps, to sleep in, and experience overall relaxation. However, August is now right around the corner, and with that comes the back to school rush. It is time to start gathering school supplies and finish, or in some cases start, the summer reading assignments. As a result, transitioning back to the school-year structure may take time, and you may begin to see behavioral changes in some children. These changes can be signs of anxiety. It is normal and common to experience some level of anxiety. Anxiety can create a positive outcome. For instance, anxiety can help us manage difficult or dangerous situations. But many times it can become a problem, especially when it begins to affect your child, and stops them from engaging at home or at school.

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A road to recovery at Jackson

Robert Billue shares his rehab experience since April 2015

When Robert Billue left work on a Friday afternoon in April 2015, he was looking forward to the start of the weekend with his family. But on his drive home, he nearly lost his life. The driver of a Hummer ran a red light and slammed into Billue who was riding a motorcycle as he entered an intersection near Miami Springs. His children had given him the bike as a Father’s Day gift.

Rehabilitation: Why it is so important

When a person is injured or coping with a long-term illness, the top priority is to medically stabilize them. And a key component to their recovery is starting rehabilitation as soon as possible. Various injuries and illnesses can cause damage to the body and impede movement, cause pain, or generally reduce your physical health. Depending on the patient’s condition, a variety of medical and therapeutic procedures can be used to help restore the body to a healthy condition.

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NSMC receives award for heart failure care

Hospital meets national standards for diagnosis and treatment

North Shore Medical Center earns the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®- Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The honor recognizes the hospital’s commitment to meeting nationally recognized, research-based measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. To earn the award, North Shore Medical Center met specific quality achievement measures including evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies, such as ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers, diuretics, anticoagulants, and other appropriate therapies. Before patients are

Three questions answered about weight loss surgery

Bariatric surgeon Dr. Jorge Sosa of North Shore Medical Center answers three questions about weight loss that everyone always wants know. 1) Is there a role for Weight loss surgery or bariatric surgery for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in obese patients? Certainly, it is becoming quite clear that weight loss surgery is highly effective in the management of Type 2 Diabetes in obese individuals. Not only does it make blood sugar much easier to control, in some patients bariatric surgery results in curing or what is better termed remission of the diabetes with no need for medications and normal blood sugar. Even in patients not in complete remission, the use of insulin is often eliminated and blood sugar is controlled with only oral medication or pills.

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Faith Calendar

Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Inc. in partnership with the Florida Summer Food Program, will be offering free meals for children from infancy to 18 during the summer. Call 305-693-1301. Norland United Methodist Preschool, will provide free meals and snacks for students enrolled during the school year. Call 305-510-6173. Golden Bells cordially invite you to their 38th singing anniversary August 20, 7 p.m. at New Beginning Church in Miami Gardens: August 21, 3 p.m. at New Covenant Church in Ft. Lauderdale. Call 786-251-2878.

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